UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. Nogueira II will air on November 19, 2016, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
#4 RYAN “DARTH” BADER (21-5-0) VS. #9 ANTONIO ROGERIO NOGUEIRA (22-7-0)
This is a five round main event in the light heavyweight division. Bader brings boxing, jiu-jitsu, and wrestling that have given him both stand and ground game as well as cardio. Nogueira brings boxing and jiu-jitsu that has made him well-rounded in striking and grappling techniques. With both fighters containing a great style of striking and grappling techniques, the fight will be decided on who uses them to the fullest, which in that case falls in favor of Bader. With Bader’s striking power and speed I really do not see Nogueira standing much of a chance especially since his last few fights have shown he is not the same fighter he uses to be where Bader seems to have shown great improvement in his game plan. Unless Nogueira managed to somehow manage to catch Bader off guard and place him in a submission hold to try and submit him Nogueira really does seem to stand much of a chance against a top opponent like Bader. My prediction: Bader wins via knockout in round 1.
#11 THOMAS “THE TERMINATOR” ALMEIDA (21-1-0) VS. ALBERT “THE WARRIOR” MORALES (6-0-1)
This is a three round fight in the bantamweight division. Almeida brings boxing, Muay Thai and jiu-jitsu giving him 16 wins via knockout leading to a near perfect record. Morales brings striking and some jiu-jitsu giving him a great early record in his career. Now since both fighters contain striking power it looks to be an all-out boxing match and therefore, in that case, Almeida looks to take this fight in the bag. Unless Morales has a few tricks up his sleeve to try and keep the pressure on Almeida by keeping him against the cage I really don’t see him standing much of a chance against a well-rounded striker like Almeida. My prediction: Almeida wins via knockout in round 1.
#1 CLAUDIA “CLAUDINHA” GADELHA (13-2-0) VS. CORTNEY “CAST IRON” CASEY (6-3-0)
This is a three round fight in the women’s strawweight division. Gadelha brings Muay Thai and jiu-jitsu which have made her efficient in grappling techniques as well as cardio. Casey brings striking and jiu-jitsu giving her both standing and ground game. Since both fighters have the striking and grappling techniques it all comes down to who uses them to a fuller extent, which in that case falls in favor of Gadelha. With Gadelha’s well-rounded striking and grappling will most likely prove too difficult for Casey as she is not used to that caliber of style in MMA. Unless Casey can somehow put a great amount of pressure on Gadelha while conserving her energy I really don’t believe Casey stands much of a chance against top strawweight contender Gadelha due to her aggressive style of fighting she brings in every fight.
My prediction: Gadelha wins via submission in round 1.